Hi everyone - it looks as if the English papers were marked very hard, as they were last year. My dd got some of the better English marks in the second stage last year and they still weren't high! She went on to get level 6 in reading comprehension and writing as well as maths for her SATS. It must just be the way TGS differentiate to try to attract strong English candidates.
Yes, there was a thread on this last year. It is thought it is marked very hard by KS2 standards. there are two opposing views on this, if marking is too soft doesn't really differentiate as everyone does well (and remember only top 30% get through to second round, so probably top few percent of whole cohort), ifmarked harder most will get marks somewhere in the middle which at least creates a spread of marks.
The perception is that the markers normally do KS3, KS4 and KS5 work so aren't charitable for spelling and grammatical errors unlike primary school markers who like to encourage by crediting the good parts rather than harshly penalising the bad.